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Nick Zaino is a partner and co-practice group leader of the firm’s Business Services Group. He practices primarily in the area of labor and employment law and has extensive experience counseling, representing, and training employers on all aspects of the employment relationship. Nick’s clients range from small to large companies in various industries such as banking, medical, education, manufacturing, engineering, retail, construction, and non-profit.

Working closely with C-level executives, in-house counsel, human resource professionals and business owners, Nick assists in managing risk by counseling on compliance and preventative strategies related to: managing employees with medical issues; leaves of absences; workplace investigations; discrimination and harassment; hiring, disciplining and terminating employees; retaliation/whistleblower issues; employment, retention, separation, non-competition, confidentiality, change in control, and independent contractor agreements; wage and hour; bonus, severance, and commission plans; labor law; reductions-in-force; and employee handbooks. Nick conducts training on these issues, tailoring the programs to address the employer’s needs.

Nick also dedicates a portion of his practice to representing clients in the education sector, including independent schools. He works closely with heads of schools, deans, and financial officers on student and employee disciplinary matters, investigations of wrongdoing, accommodating students with medical and disability issues, student and faculty employment contracts, enrollment agreements, child abuse and neglect allegations, and a myriad of other day-to-day compliance and risk management issues facing schools.

Nick has successfully represented clients in legal proceedings and before administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, National Labor Relations Board and other divisions of the Connecticut and United States Departments of Labor.


  • Counseled a large, regional employer on planning and implementation of all aspects of a company-wide reduction in force, including conducting a disparate impact analysis, WARN Act obligations, severance agreements, and notices to employees
  • Conducted extensive reviews and audits of wage and hour practices and coordinated large-scale reclassification of exempt positions and modification of wage and hour practices
  • Conducted extensive revision of employer policies and practices relating to FMLA, criminal background checks, hiring forms, and paid time off policies
  • Successfully defended labor arbitration cases on behalf of public and private employers including dismissal of vigorously-contested, six-day labor arbitration case filed against large company
  • Obtained numerous dismissal of discrimination, harassment and retaliation complaints filed with the EEOC and state anti-discrimination agencies
  • Successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements for public entities without resort to the Connecticut binding arbitration process. Bargaining units involved police, public works, personnel, supervisors and clerical employees
  • Successfully represented an employer in a Department of Labor audit on the issue of whether certain works are independent contractors or employees


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, in the area of Employment Law: Management, 2021-2022
  • Listed in the 2021 Chambers USA Guide, in the area of Labor & Employment
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Labour and Employment 2017 (Copyright by Law Business Research Ltd)
  • Highlighted in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for placing in the Top Tier of Lawyers in Connecticut.
  • Selected for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers® in the area of Employment & Labor, 2011
  • Selected for inclusion in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Employment & Labor and Schools & Education, 2010-2019
  • Selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Legal, International and USA, Management Labor & Employment Lawyers, 2015






  • Connecticut Bar Association
    • Board of Governors, 2015-2016
    • Past Chair, Labor & Employment Law Section
    • Ex-Officio Executive Committee Member, Labor & Employment Section
  • American Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Section
    • Health, Disability and Leaves of Absence Subcommittee


  • Board of Directors, Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Secretary and Board Member, Naugatuck Valley Community College Foundation
  • Associate Member Board of Directors, The Children’s Community School, Waterbury, CT
  • Personnel Committee, United Way of Greater Waterbury
  • Campaign Leadership Council, United Way’s Leavenworth Society



Nick Zaino is very effective, a good organizer, communicator and very knowledgeable.

Chambers USA, 2015

Events & Speaking Engagements

Paid FMLA Workshop 2 (Nuts and Bolts)


The Lawyer’s Professional Responsibility Surrounding Technology, Electronic Communications, and Cybersecurity

3:30pm Online